Republican lawmakers seek details on Beyonce, Jay Z Cuba trip

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hkrieger wrote:

Perhaps they had a poetic licence, a bit like I had.
Photos from Havana:
“See See Havana”,
www.efn.org/~hkrieger/cuba.htm

Apr 06, 2013 11:28pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
seagreen wrote:

So much for “land of the free…”

Apr 07, 2013 7:57am EDT  --  Report as abuse
samxyz wrote:

There are always special rules for friends of Obama.

Apr 07, 2013 9:15am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Brenna47 wrote:

It is time to abolish the current Republican party and start with fresh, compassionate party that knows how to act like adults and not like spoiled rich brats that could care less about anyone who isn’t in their social status. The current regime is led by a dictator-like jerk who can’t even get his own party to agree with his ancient way of thinking. We are people that keep this country going with our contributions to making great ideas work; cars don’t come off the line without the people putting it all together. The Republican party’s attitude toward the less fortunate is deplorable. Jay-Z and Beyonce have the right to go where they want as long as they are welcome there and it’s NONE OF THOSE BUSYBODY REPUBLICAN’S BUSINESS! After the Idaho Girl Scouts lobbied and got the endorsement of Idaho’s political leaders to not tax their cookie sales, the Republicans with the clout vetoed that idea. Way to support young women making a difference; they’re only dollars signs to them, like the rest of us.

Apr 07, 2013 9:33am EDT  --  Report as abuse
triumph900 wrote:

All she needs is some fruit in her hair and it’s the Carmen Miranda road show all over again. He’s just on a road trip for some cigars.

Apr 07, 2013 9:41am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ballsy wrote:

Must be because of her experience with Austin Powers.
They didnt show interest in Rodmans trip to NK.

Apr 07, 2013 10:01am EDT  --  Report as abuse
DAC666 wrote:

Please, they are liberal Democrat Obama supporters. Rules don’t apply to them. Rules are for OTHER people. Besides, they may be seeking a pediatrician for little Ivvy mossy or whatever her name is. Michale Moore says that’s the place to go for healthcare!

Apr 07, 2013 10:16am EDT  --  Report as abuse
DanCutty wrote:

The main stream media is wonderful for ignoring real issues while the general pubic is fascinated by mindless reality TV shows.

Why should it be a surprise that friends of this administration can do whatever they like. The general public doesn’t believe that actions have consequences and besides, who really cares what these two do. Just like Jim Carey, entertainers do things to keep their names in the media.

That is something we need to remember. They are entertainers … nothing more. They possess no special insight or knowledge, and often have less of it then many others.

Apr 07, 2013 10:20am EDT  --  Report as abuse
dylan214u wrote:

These people don’t have to play by the rules. We got Dennis Rodman in N Korea and Beyonce in Cuba. What a joke on our country. Now if we can get Jerry Springer to Russia and David Letterman to Iran then all will be well.

Apr 07, 2013 10:32am EDT  --  Report as abuse
olepcola wrote:

Everytime you mention Cuba in Miami you have to at least pretend to hate. Good grief.

Apr 07, 2013 10:37am EDT  --  Report as abuse

If a citizen is not free to travel to whatever country they wish to because their own government does not permit it, such a citizen is not free and his or her government is totalitarian. That U.S. law makers would take extraordinary steps to punish two Americans for traveling reveals strongly the nature of the US Government: dictatorial.

Apr 07, 2013 10:40am EDT  --  Report as abuse
jce wrote:

Typical liberal elites.

Apr 07, 2013 10:53am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ChrisNY wrote:

I’m sure this is partly a political statement to ease travel restrictions to Cuba…or at least allow them to export cigars… Whether you agree or not on the travel ban, these two have enough money to pay any fines or access to have the rules waived for a license. Just another example of how the rich and famous are different from the rest of us…

Apr 07, 2013 10:59am EDT  --  Report as abuse
grizzmann wrote:

Special supporters, have special needs. They deserve and get special treatment.

Apr 07, 2013 10:59am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Tankette wrote:

Clearly the White House made an exception for these two black Obama supporters. That is the end of the story. No one ese can go, just these two idiots.

Apr 07, 2013 11:07am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Fromkin wrote:

Land of the free!!! No one is free when dealing with gangsters calling themselves “government”. You have to abide by their rules or else….

Apr 07, 2013 11:27am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Homz wrote:

Way to put an ideological spin what is a personal human rights story for these two members of Congress. Ros-Lehtinen was actually born in Havana and Diaz-Balart is the son of Cuban immigrants. See how easy that was. Now that kind of changes the story doesn’t it?

Apr 07, 2013 11:39am EDT  --  Report as abuse
shadrach wrote:

Two more rich black Hollywood elites worshipping communism.
So what else is new?

Apr 07, 2013 11:50am EDT  --  Report as abuse
shadrach wrote:

Two more rich black Hollywood elites worshipping communism.
So what else is new?

Apr 07, 2013 11:50am EDT  --  Report as abuse
shadrach wrote:

Two more rich black Hollywood elites worshipping communism.
So what else is new?

Apr 07, 2013 11:50am EDT  --  Report as abuse
shadrach wrote:

Two more rich black Hollywood elites worshipping communism.
So what else is new?

Apr 07, 2013 11:50am EDT  --  Report as abuse
rockie5112 wrote:

I’m a 64year old reired fat man whom last cared about music when Frank Sinatra last recorded. But this non-sense of questioning someones marriage license is pathetic. If as an elected politician your effort is on something so stupid instead of fixing the trade embargo with cuba, you need to do the world a favor and commit political suicde. By the way. I was a long term republcan who wouldnt vote for a party canidate Even if it was my darling FRANK

Apr 07, 2013 1:02pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
101dmax wrote:

You know who put in the fix for their visit! Chicagoland politics, pay to play!

Apr 07, 2013 1:19pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
whatthe1 wrote:

Just let them stay there, for a few years, or so?

Apr 07, 2013 2:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
lookingatjake wrote:

This is not classic Republican behavior this is classic behavior of Republicans and Democrats who play partisan politics while there are so many issues that need to be dealt with. They are getting paid by the tax payers. When are Democrats and Republicans going to take back the government and put in leaders who love this country more then they love the power and celebrity that comes with being elected to Congress?

Apr 07, 2013 3:35pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
laceymartinez wrote:

I’m an Obama supporter and liberal on most issues.. but I gotta side with the Republicans on this one, why is there a special set of rules for celebrities and the rich? So sick of this crap. If I wanted to travel to Cuba it would be nearly impossible

Apr 07, 2013 4:27pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
auntym wrote:

Perhaps they flew from Canada, like so many in the past have done. However, I think they got a pass from Obama because they can.

Apr 07, 2013 5:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
RonPaul888 wrote:

In a free society, people are free to leave the country and travel wherever they want. After USA had lost capitalism and sound money (we have “mixed economy” of corporatism today), wise central planners have an itch to micromanage others.

Apr 07, 2013 5:56pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
mjp1958 wrote:

American readers: Don’t let those pesky Republicans run your life. If you want to visit Cuba, simply fly to Cancun, Mexico, then transfer to a quick flight to Havana. Cuban authorities do not stamp your US passport, and Uncle Sam doesn’t know you visited, unless you tell him.

¡Buen viaje! (Bon Voyage)

Apr 07, 2013 5:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
sliput14 wrote:

There is actually no rule preventing travel to Cuba, there is a rule against Americans spending money in Cuba. So, technically there are various scenarios where the trip could be payed for by people outside of the United States where travel there would be legal and not need any special ‘license’.

Apr 07, 2013 7:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ncpg wrote:

Rodman wasn’t available.

Apr 07, 2013 7:35pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
dump28usn wrote:

Just an ego trip!

Apr 07, 2013 7:41pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
obamaishate wrote:

Typical ego-laden “stars” with no clue about what their actions represent. Also, their equally clueless fans who are so uneducated as to support them and not understand what their hero’s actions represent.

Apr 07, 2013 7:58pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
DavidRosen wrote:

It is time to abolish the current Democratic party and start with fresh, compassionate party that knows how to act like adults and not like spoiled rich brats that could care less about anyone who isn’t in their social status.

Apr 07, 2013 8:26pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
DavidRosen wrote:

It is time to abolish the current Democratic party and start with fresh, compassionate party that knows how to act like adults and not like spoiled rich brats that could care less about anyone who isn’t in their social status.

Apr 07, 2013 8:26pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
DavidRosen wrote:

It is time to abolish the current Democratic party and start with fresh, compassionate party that knows how to act like adults and not like spoiled rich brats that could care less about anyone who isn’t in their social status.

Apr 07, 2013 8:26pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
suzyqpie wrote:

What is on her head? OK I have serious vision impairment. Is it a turban, wig, mini burka face covering, her own hair wrapped weird? Sorry for the intrusion in serious conversation…..

Apr 07, 2013 9:04pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
itsfatboy wrote:

A fine. Thats the punishment ?
probably like $500 to those 2 millionaires.

All of you are using a computer whose components are made in Communist China, a place where you are free to travel. If Beyonce and Puff Daddy went to China, no one would blink.
The atrocities in China in one day, are probably more than 10 yrs in Cuba. Cubans are loosening their travel restrictions to the US, but the US is not doing the same ? Who has more freedom ?

Apr 07, 2013 10:13pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SpidaKilla wrote:

The do on that chicks head looks like the poo my dog left on the neighbors front lawn when nobody was looking.

Apr 07, 2013 10:21pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
CrashDaily wrote:

I see there are a lot of commies on here, supporting “freedom” to travel to a Commie nation, that’s on our travel ban. There are laws, even in free countries, you mental infants. You can’t go rob a bank either, or you are violating the law. You gonna scream and cry about that as well? You’re a bunch of tards and I wish you would just go live in one of your favorite little dictatorships and stop trying to destroy this nation. Your ilk are the ones stripping away our true freedoms and you are either too ignorant or stuuuupiiiid to even realize it.

Apr 07, 2013 10:23pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
TheNewWorld wrote:

Why does this have to be an issue about Republicans or Democrats?

“Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart represent districts in south Florida where there is a high Cuban-American population.

“Despite the clear prohibition against tourism in Cuba, numerous press reports described the couple’s trip as tourism, and the Castro regime touted it as such in its propaganda,” the letter said.

“We represent a community of many who have been deeply and personally harmed by the Castro regime’s atrocities, including former political prisoners and the families of murdered innocents.”"

This is clearly an issue of representatives from Cuban districts in Florida who are not happy with the obvious violation of current laws preventing Americans to go to Cuba for tourism. Once again Reuters displays their blatant bias for the Democrat party.

Apr 07, 2013 10:29pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
TheNewWorld wrote:

@rockie5112

“I’m a 64year old reired fat man whom last cared about music when Frank Sinatra last recorded. But this non-sense of questioning someones marriage license is pathetic. If as an elected politician your effort is on something so stupid instead of fixing the trade embargo with cuba, you need to do the world a favor and commit political suicde. By the way. I was a long term republcan who wouldnt vote for a party canidate Even if it was my darling FRANK”

You can’t read. Their marriage license isn’t in question. What is in question is how they were allowed to visit Cuba for obvious tourism when we have an embargo against Cuba that forbids tourism to Cuba. You aren’t smart enough to read an article, it is obvious you vote Democrat.

Apr 07, 2013 10:34pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
kentex1146 wrote:

Inquiring about the activities of a black couple? A clear case of racism.

Apr 07, 2013 10:35pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
lancet wrote:

No license and they need to be fined the maximum amount.

Apr 07, 2013 10:35pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
TheNewWorld wrote:

For the record, the Democrats put the trade embargo on Cuba in place.

JFK put it in place originally in the early 1960s.

Clinton strengthed the embargo in 1992 and 1996.

Titled the Cuban Democracy Act, the embargo was codified into law in 1992 with the stated purpose of maintaining sanctions on Cuba so long as the Cuban government continues to refuse to move toward “democratization and greater respect for human rights.”[2] In 1996, Congress passed the Helms-Burton Act, which further restricted United States citizens from doing business in or with Cuba, and mandated restrictions on giving public or private assistance to any successor government in Havana unless and until certain claims against the Cuban government are met. In 1999, U.S. President Bill Clinton expanded the trade embargo even further by also disallowing foreign subsidiaries of U.S. companies to trade with Cuba. In 2000, Clinton authorized the sale of certain “humanitarian” US products to Cuba.

So all of you Democrats on here spouting your normal uneducated, partisan, politics, put that in your Cuban cigar and smoke it. Democrats make rules, and then give themselves and their elite supporters passes, while enforcing the rules on the rest of us.

Apr 07, 2013 10:39pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
the_woodwose wrote:

So JayZ and Beyonce decide to take a cheap trip to that worker’s paradise of Havana where generations of Cubans have been enslaved by the Castor brothers. Talk about a tin ear, those two clowns lording it over destitute Cubans like modern plantation owners. What a pair of ignorant jerks.

Apr 07, 2013 10:42pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
deerecub1977 wrote:

I FIND THIS ARTICLE illuminating

Apr 07, 2013 10:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
randburg100 wrote:

Beyonce & Jay Z….who are they? A couple of yank singers presumably?

Apr 08, 2013 1:32am EDT  --  Report as abuse
jasonbrann wrote:

great idea there, congressmen. spend your time and taxpayer dollars prying into jay-z’s visa stamp, as if it had anything to do with the federal government. this is why the republican party is a joke. a bunch of paranoid, xenophobic idiots.

Apr 08, 2013 6:13am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Abulafiah wrote:

I guess Republicans have nothing better to do.

Apr 08, 2013 8:46am EDT  --  Report as abuse
stambo2001 wrote:

The lefties have completely lost it. It is illegal, get that, it is against American law to travel to Cuba without a special license. This was implemented by a Democratic president and reinforced by yet another Democratic president. As no democrat is ever going to point out the criminality of the trip it was up to the Republicans. Seems that if these two bozos had not splashed their trip to the media nobody would have been the wiser. If they traveled without license they broke the law and need to be punished. How the lefties compare turning in criminals into a partisan attack is pure insanity. They broke the law and flaunted it allowing the Cubans a propaganda coup.

Apr 08, 2013 11:00am EDT  --  Report as abuse
randburg100 wrote:

The lefties have completely lost it. It is illegal, get that, it is against American law to travel to Cuba without a special license. This was implemented by a Democratic president and reinforced by yet another Democratic president. As no democrat is ever going to point out the criminality of the trip it was up to the Republicans. Seems that if these two bozos had not splashed their trip to the media nobody would have been the wiser. If they traveled without license they broke the law and need to be punished. How the lefties compare turning in criminals into a partisan attack is pure insanity. They broke the law and flaunted it allowing the Cubans a propaganda coup.

So was the ILLEGAL invasion of Iraq….by what I think you called a Republican – some twerp called George Warmonger Bush..but as far as I am aware he’s got away with war crimes…..get that it was ILLEGAL, get that?

Apr 08, 2013 3:19pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
TheNewWorld wrote:

@randburg100

What Bush did was legal. You need to research the terms legal and illegal. He went to congress, they declared war, Democrats and Republicans all agreed we had to remove Sadaam, and we did it within the framework of our laws. So please quote any US laws that GW Bush broke. FYI we aren’t under international rule, our Constitution forbids it, that would be illegal.

Apr 08, 2013 6:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Abulafiah wrote:

@TheNewWorld

The US congress has no jurisdiction outside the USA. The USA does not rule the world – get over yourself.

What is legal and illegal outside the USA is decided by international agreement via the UN, and under *international* law – the only one that matters in this case – the invasion of Iraq was illegal.

Apr 08, 2013 12:01am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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